The “Phony” 3 D’s of Politics


 

The cover-ups that are taking place in our nations capital and to more extent in our news media has prompted me to consider how politicians and journalists sometimes respond to adversity.  My observations are rather general and based somewhat on anecdotal evidence. They also represent a somewhat visceral gut reaction to the goings-on that I have witnessed via the unreliable mass media. These things are clear to those of us who favor small constitutional government, but are often characterized as preferring anarchy to civil order. What we see in the various national capitols throughout the world and here in the state capitols are “big government” apologists behaving as if they were pre-appointed as rulers supreme in the future anticipated One World Government.  The world is turned upside down, and contradictions reign supreme.

When groups and the people who represent them are confronted with issues that may undermine their hold on the realm of their influence, they may react with a strategy called “Diffusion.”

  • Diffusion is the tactic that seeks to spread the blame across a wide horizon so that the complaints and demands of the “aggrieved” group seem small when compared to all intervening variables that have contributed to the imbalance.  (NSA snooping)

For many decades the diffusion ruse has been successful as locales, states and national entities have responded with increases and  benefits. But to many who hold the keys to the treasury, the diffusion argument has begun to lose steam. Despite the massive infusion of money and commitment, performance has diminished or stagnated.

Although similar to diffusion:

  • Deflection is more pointed, more targeted. The group that uses deflection as a blame-shifting tool usually identifies one or two specific “bogeymen” whom they accuse of being the cause of their non-performance.  Rather than identifying multiple interveners, the deflection strategy isolates one or two as the nemeses of adequate job performance.  Deflection is a direct and forceful attempt to shift blame and/or demonize an entity that may be unwilling to yield to the demands of the complainer. ( IRS Scandals involving Tea Party groups)

This tactic is similar to the one used by siblings who ride in the back seat of the family car…”she did it first” followed by “he made me do it.” It’s past time for taxpaying citizens to quote the driving father. “Do you want me to come back there?”

Citizens are becoming frustrated with a government structure that is too big, too unresponsive, to manipulative and unconstitutional. The deflection maneuvers annoy the citizens who are aware, and they respond with anger.

  • Detraction” is the most strident and dishonest of the defense mechanisms. Rather than attempting to diffuse or deflect blame for inadequate performance, the accused group seeks to undermine the credibility and reputations of its detractors. Detraction is not defensive, but is a wholly offensive approach. (Benghazi)

The campaign of detraction could result in the “truth” becoming a casualty because there are no limits, no rules. The gloves come off as the accused party attacks its critics, and accuses them of numerous nefarious schemes and actions. They assume the persona of a cornered rat as they lash out at anyone who challenges them or their positions.

If the challenger can hold fast and not back down, the detraction strategy is the forerunner of collapse. It is the weakest argument available, but it is delivered viciously. By withstanding the assault the challenger can prevail as the defender runs out of energy and arguments.

The Three-D’s of Diffusion, Deflection and Detraction will become more prevalent as the battle to restrain our bloated government becomes more heated.

These are the 3 items of political and journalistic behavior that must be recognized, and weighed for every newsworthy item we read or watch in the media.  You can “take it with a grain of salt” or define it for what it is.

At this point, I will introduce the 4th D – and it shall be called:

  • “Defined”

Whenever one is propagandized with the previous three D’s, the persons introducing them to you are offering you a “Defining Moment”, – You either Define it, or it will Define you!

Consider if you will, the “Phony News Scandals” of our nations present political administration.  Which “D” are you most in line with?

We must not waiver. We can never yield. There is too much at risk, and we must stand firm.

 

Brian

 

Welcome to our Meltdown


There was a time when a salesman had the sky as the limit for an income ceiling.  If he needed more money – he simply worked more hours and made more sales and all was good.  Then the laws on how many hours you could work came into play.  The company said “no more” right before they said “I’m sorry but there are cutbacks and we have to let you go.”

 

9/11/2001 – The Attack on America, and nothing was the same afterwards.  It wasn’t that the terrorists defeated America – Hell, America defeated America.  The political parties tore the country apart with their finger pointing accusations about every little thing they could conjure up.  The people started siding with political parties and our once proud nation was nothing more than a bunch of pissed off citizens that blamed each other.  Talk about wild burros that back into a circle and start kicking when the wolves are circling!

 

The Real Estate Market Bubble Burst – and the slings and arrows flew.

 

The Auto Industry went under or sold out to foreign countries and the Labor Unions became whores for change.  America was no longer the #1 Automaker in the World and retired autoworkers got screwed out of their rightful retirement incomes.  Detroit fell further into the ruins than ever.

 

More jobs were shipped overseas than at any other period in our history.

 

Unemployment ran up to as high as 25% but no one in the media would tell the truth except Fox news and they tempered it so as not to sound crazy.  But we knew what the real deal was.

 

American Tax Dollars were stolen by our government to BAIL OUT Wall Street and other to big to fail insurance agencies – not to mention FOREIGN BANKS around the globe that got shored up on Americans backs.  Can’t have the NEW WORLD ORDER Banks and Financial Institutions failing as long as Americans have income that can be taxed.

 

Our country can’t patch our own streets or build schools and hospitals but we can damn sure do it for countries that hate us in the Middle East.  Now add all of the above and then some, to the mix of divided American attitudes on racial equality, caused by the Barrack Obama election, (cause we certainly do need change) and you have one helluva explosive mixture for the boiling pot in America.

 

Obama and the Democrat Party instilled the new corporate killing Obama Healthcare laws on the small business people, the backbone of Americas’ workforce.  Many go out of business because of it.  The Administration increases the amount businesses must pay the workers by jacking up the minimum wage.  Wages and Healthcare cost are scaring the hell out of small businessmen while large corporations are busy moving overseas to escape tax laws and buy cheaper labor.

 

Ok that’s one tip of the iceberg – now lets look at its wake!  Huge amounts of totally ruined Americans in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s age bracket.  These people are setting records for unemployment checks and food stamps collection.  They’re too young for social security and only have so much savings to burn thru in a couple of years.  The 401K is gone, unemployment has run out, their house is underwater or foreclosed on and no one wants to hire them with that head full of white hair.  Age discrimination – that thing that is against the law, but no one can prove, is ALIVE AND WELL in America.  Ever so slowly these people start getting cut off from the only lifeline they have and families start splitting up.  Divorce and just being tired of being looked down upon over a situation that you did not create, becomes more than two people can take.

 

The house and spouse are gone, and single men and women continue to struggle and get by with the help of some friends and churches – but no one knows how long they can make it.  Meanwhile congress argues over allowing people to invest their money into accounts for old age!  These people don’t have money or jobs that pay into social security and the amounts they will be paid when they come of age is shrinking every month due to lack of contribution.

 

BUT THE STOCK MARKET IS BACK!!!!!

 

Yep, these corporations that laid off 50% of the their employees and cut the money for the ones lucky enough to keep a job are now back to selling stock for the same money they were at before it all went away back in 2009.    So, do we cuss them or build them a shrine while we lick our wounds and wonder where we went wrong in our childhood and career choices.

 

So many people have lost the house, job, car, the savings along with 401K retirement money and just about everything they ever worked for.  They dye their hair to look youthful (if they can pull it off) and try to get a job that pays half of what they used to make.  Some are lucky to find that kind of opportunity, while others still hold out hope that our nation will wake up and do something about the downhill slide we’re in.  Most are resigned to the fact that our once great country is gone but they will vote to try and make a difference.

 

WE have people walking around looking for work with Bachelors, Masters and PHD’S that can’t find an employer that will take them.  The corporations use the degree as a way to discriminate and cull the herds of hungry workers crowding their HR departments every day.  These corporations have the audacity to ask for a person to have a Masters Degree to sell products, like groceries, or Timeshare.  They don’t really want that degree so much as they would prefer to scare the 20’something high school or college dropout out of the room.  They will not hire the elderly white haired gentleman that could replace the person that hired him – He’s a threat.  Get rid of those guys as they represent the unemployment line for present day bosses or managers when they get hired and outshine their superiors.

 

All of this because Americans felt sorry for a disadvantaged black man that gave good speeches!  Never mind where he was born, or his Faith, that sides with Americas sworn present day enemies.  His lack of leadership ability or earned right to even be a President of our country be damned.  America felt it was time to go all apologetic for the sins of our Great-Great-Great Grandfathers, that they perpetrated upon hyphenated Americans in our country and figured making one of them our president should just about do the trick.

 

Well ain’t that special?

 

Now you don’t just have a problem with the UNEMPLOYED, but instead you also have a huge elephant in the room concerning what you’re going to do with all those non- retired seniors.  Perhaps the answer to that is only 3 years away when the politicians will need their votes to stay in office during the 2016 election, Our citizens are a hardy bunch and by that time America will celebrate 10 years of drowning in their own shit.

 

So ask someone, where did the House, Job and Future go?  Can you handle the truth?  Does it matter to you?  Do you have a living wage job for them?  How about a box of doughnuts and a cup of coffee? You’re going to see this same situation for the rest of your life.

 

CHANGE and lost HOPE – A poem for the 21st Century

 

So I lost my job

I lost my house

I took the penalty for early withdrawal on my 401K

I received unemployment until it ran out

The house I was renting was foreclosed on and I moved

The next house was foreclosed on and I moved again.

The part time job that barely put food on the table laid me off.

The car went without needed repairs and now is worthless

My credit rating is such that I can’t get another one.

They’re short selling the condo I rented – got to go

How’s the last few years of your life been?

God Bless you Brother!

 

I have a few thousand invested in suits and sports coats hanging in the closet along with nice dress shirts, slacks, ties and the best dress shoes available.  Guess it could be said that I look like a million dollars waiting on REAL CHANGE, because the hope was totally wasted.

 

See you at the top!

 

Brian

Tax Hikes, Debt Ceiling and Can Kicking


Some people have reasons for the things that they do – other people make excuses for the same things.  You need to give an excuse or a reason only in two types of situations- one, where you were supposed to do something but ended up with something else and two, where you were not able to do the required activity at all and need some explanation to get you out of the embarrassment, or to make others see why it wasn’t your fault and you should not be blamed for it.

 

Let’s take a look at the last four years of can-kicking, and the situations that put lawmakers in the fiscal dogpile they’re in today:

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform  aka ‘Bowles-Simpson’  


  • Feb. 23, 2009: After winning passage of his $787 billion stimulus bill shortly after taking office, with a Democrat Congress firmly in control in both houses, President Obama announces that he’s set the goal of cutting the deficit in half by the end of his first term. The deficit that year would ultimately hit $1.4 trillion.
  • Feb. 18, 2010: Obama signs an Executive Order creating the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, a panel whose goal is to explore deficit reduction. Obama taps former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, a Democrat, and former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson, a Republican, to lead it.  In a statement, Obama says Washington has avoided the “tough choices” for “far too long.”
  • Dec. 1, 2010: After a series of meetings and 9 months of preparation, the committee produces a plan that aims to cut the deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years. It includes a mix of spending cuts and revenue increases.
  • Dec. 3, 2010: The deficit commission votes on the plan, with 11 of the 18 members supporting it. That majority, though, is not strong enough to force a vote in Congress on the proposal. Despite statements of support for the plan, it effectively stays on the drawing board.  The Commission’s proposals are not guaranteed to be considered by Congress in a single up-or-down vote, although then-Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pledged to bring its recommendations for an up or down vote.
Bush tax rates, payroll tax cut

  • December 2010: As the “Bowles-Simpson” plan fails to get out of committee, lawmakers on Capitol Hill battle over whether and how to extend the expiring Bush-era tax rates. Republicans threaten to block all bills until the issue is settled. In a preview of the debate that will resurface in two years, Republicans want all the rates extended, while Democrats want to increase taxes on top earners.
  • Dec. 16, 2010: Congress approves a two-year extension of the Bush tax rates. The package also includes an extension of long-term unemployment aid and a 2-point cut in the Social Security payroll tax rate.  Congress and the unemployed celebrate resoundingly.

  • Debt ceiling fight
    • Summer 2011: Republicans use a looming vote on raising the debt ceiling to demand significant deficit-reduction measures in return. This leads to behind-the-scenes talks between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, with talk of a “grand bargain” in the making. Ultimately, those talks fail despite both sides making concessions on tax hikes and entitlement cuts.
    • July 31, 2011: The White House and congressional Republicans reach a deal that will allow for a vote on the debt ceiling, in turn avoiding the first-ever U.S. government default. The deal, though, delegates many tough decisions to a new committee.  Here comes the birth of the Super Committee.
    • Aug. 2, 2011:  Hours before the Treasury is expected to exhaust ways to pay all the nation’s bills, Obama signs the Budget Control Act, which had just passed Congress, into law. The law, in its first phase, calls for $900 billion in spending cuts over the next 10 years. But it also tasks a new “super committee” with finding another $1.2 trillion-$1.5 trillion in deficit reduction by the end of the year. As an incentive for the committee to reach a deal, lawmakers included in the package a provision that would trigger sweeping defense and other domestic cuts if the committee’s recommendations are not finished and approved by the end of the year.  (SEQUESTRATION – better known as the FISCAL CLIFF)
    Super committee failure

    • Sept. 8, 2011: The 12-member, bipartisan super committee holds its first meeting, with lawmakers stressing the importance of reaching a deal.
    • Nov. 21, 2011: Just two months after they started, leaders of the so-called super committee announce they are unable to reach an agreement, with disputes over tax hikes and entitlement spending keeping the two sides apart. The super committee quietly dissolves. There is no deal. The automatic spending cuts are set in motion. The first wave of $109 billion in cuts is set to kick in starting Jan. 2, 2013.
    Fiscal crisis talks

    Feb. 17, 2012: Faced with the expiration of the payroll tax cut, Congress votes again to extend it. As part of the deal, the cut is not offset by budget cuts or tax increases elsewhere. Both the payroll tax rates and Bush tax rates are now on course to expire on Jan. 1, 2013.

    • November/December 2012: After effectively hitting pause on all talks while the presidential and congressional campaigns played out, lawmakers scramble in the lame-duck session of Congress to avert the spending cuts and tax hikes that are now set in place by law. Though some hoped the results of the election would crystallize negotiations and make way for a smooth compromise, this does not happen.
    Kicking the can … again?

    2013, and beyond: If there is a deal, it’s possible lawmakers will again punt the toughest decisions to 2013 and beyond. Indeed the White House proposal, which Republicans have rejected, calls for discussions about tax reform and entitlement cuts to take place as part of a “Stage 2.”
    click here to see the number of recesses that the House and Senate has scheduled or taken during 2012
    http://hobnobblog.com/congress-by-the-numbers/congressional-schedules/


    After looking at the so called work schedule or “days off” calendar, consider how hard these men and women worked for the last 4 years trying to prevent this financial boogdoggle.  Stunned, aren’t you?  If you ran your own company in such a manner and lost money, would you be shocked?  How many of your managers would be fired?  Who wants to be the first person to step up and say this is all taken out of context and that it doesn’t work like that?

    So what is it – Excuses or Reasons?

Congress of Whores


Parliament of Whores was an international best-selling political humor book, written by P. J. O’Rourke and published in 1991. It was a brilliant and scathing critique of the American system of governance from a conservative perspective.
To me it does not seem so funny anymore.
Who would have imagined in 1991 that O’Rourke’s title would have provided an appropriate epitaph for the beginning of the downfall of the United States?
The American republic has entered the first stage of decline. It has become a totalitarian democracy, a political system described by Israeli historian J. L. Talmon, in which lawfully elected representatives rule a nation state whose citizens, although granted the right to vote, have little or no participation in the decision-making process of government.
In every sense of the term, we have a rogue government, which has been hijacked by an oligarchy composed of a self-serving permanent political class, supported by an obsequious press and financed by and beholden to wealthy special interests in order to pursue personal power and profit at the expense of ordinary Americans; the very people who pay the nation’s bills and fight her wars.
Politicians buy votes with our money, steal more money from our wallets and then repeat the process. It is a method designed to reward special interests in return for kickbacks in the form of campaign funding and other benefits in order to maintain themselves as permanent political parasites in Washington, D.C.
Most Americans now realize that Barack Hussein Obama is an empty suit, an individual totally unprepared for the responsibilities of the Presidency, but shaped and directed by others to undermine traditional American values, disrupt our economy and instigate class and racial conflict with the aim of making the United States vulnerable to control by foreign entities and hostile ideologies.
The anti-American forces backing Obama have successfully exploited politicians’ greed and lust for power, their susceptibility to be intimidated by political correctness and their overall lack of integrity and intestinal fortitude.
Members of Congress are not leaders by any stretch of the imagination.  They are frightened rabbits constantly sniffing the air for any scent of controversy that might endanger their comfortable lifestyles and lucrative pensions.
We are experiencing, in real-time, the destruction of the Constitution and a flagrant disregard for the rule of law by Congress, the courts and government bureaucrats, who are deliberately hiding the truth about Obama from the American people.
Corrupt politicians and their collaborators in the mainstream media contemptuously believe that they can conceal the greatest Constitutional crisis since the Civil War with an organized campaign of disinformation and by blocking any legal avenues that honest citizens want to pursue.
Our president is a Constitutionally illegal President, who has forged his birth documents and his Selective Service registration. He has committed identity theft by using a Social Security Number that was not issued to him.
Why, for example, has no hospital in Hawaii provided verification that Obama was born there?
Our elected representatives, the courts and federal law enforcement agencies all know the truth.  Yet they have violated their oaths of office to support and defend the Constitution and renounced their responsibility to uphold the rule of law. Some have committed Misprision of Felony by actively engaging in a cover-up of the presidents crimes.
Congress, the courts and federal law enforcement officials are intentionally preventing an investigation into the presidents crimes because it would reveal that our government is complicit in this outrageous fraud against the American people, is riddled with corruption and operates solely for the benefit of a selfish and powerful few.
The politically-incestuous, incompetent, faux-leaders in Congress will continue to posture and position themselves, cut secret deals, nod and wink at each other.
When the American people demand accountability and challenge the power of the political establishment through grass roots citizen groups like the Tea Party, the Republican and Democratic Parties join the mainstream media to ridicule or condemn them as “Hobbits”, “racists” and “extremists.”
To the political royalty, Americans are no longer citizens of a republic, but serfs. They not only ignore our petitions for the redress of grievances and treat our views with disdain, but they have declared war on us.
The loyalty of the American people is to our country and our Constitution, not to criminal officeholders, partisan judges and submissive bureaucrats.
They have all forfeited their privilege to represent us or participate in our government.
It is those totalitarian officials, who compel us to stand our ground, not against our Constitution, but against those who pervert our Constitution.
If the president is permitted to contest the 2012 election, it will be the most deceitful, hate-filled and violent in U.S. history.  It is part of his campaign strategy to mobilize illegal immigrant “voters” as one element of a racially- and ethnically-based coalition supplemented by foreign financing, racist flash mobs, union thugs and anti-American radicals.
If we do not confront the presidents usurpation of power, investigate his crimes and expose those officials protecting him, our silence will be construed as an endorsement of permanent political corruption in Washington, D.C. and an abdication of our Constitutional rights.
The government has placed itself squarely in opposition to the American people.
It is time to heed the words of John F. Kennedy:
“Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life.”

Goldman Sachs and Justice Department Engaged


Goldman Sachs and the Justice Department Engaged

August 10, 2012


The Justice Department won’t be pursuing criminal charges against Goldman Sachs or its employees over its “big short” on the housing market several years ago.


The department’s investigation began last year after Senators Carl Levin of Michigan and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, a Democrat and a Republican, released the findings of a two-year inquiry by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations into Goldman’s sales and trading practices.
At a press conference last year, Levin said he wanted prosecutors to examine whether Goldman violated the law by putting customers into disastrous mortgage bonds that it was shorting — without telling the customers about its short positions. Levin also said prosecutors should review whether Goldman officials who testified before the panel committed perjury, including Goldman’s chief executive, Lloyd Blankfein.
As Levin, the Senate panel’s chairman, said in an interview last year, it “is not for Congress to determine whether or not a crime was committed.” Rather, “that is for the Justice Department and that is for the SEC to make those determinations.” Separately, Goldman said yesterday the SEC had decided against pursuing further claims against the bank over its sales of subprime mortgage bonds. The SEC extracted a $550 million settlement from Goldman in 2010 over a deal called Abacus, which had a prominent role in the Levin-Coburn report.
The Senate panel’s hearing on Goldman in April 2010 marked one of those rare moments when lawmakers conducted an important inquiry that genuinely was a bipartisan, nonpartisan effort. All of them, especially Levin and Coburn, should take a bow for a public service well done.
Here’s the statement that Levin released today:  August 10, 2012
Our investigation of the origins of the financial crisis revealed wrongdoing and failures among mortgage lenders, banking regulators, credit rating agencies and investment banks. One of those investment banks, Goldman Sachs, created complex securities that included `junk’ from its own inventory that it wanted to get rid of. It misled investors by claiming its interests in those securities were `aligned’ with theirs while at the same time it was betting heavily against those same securities, and therefore against its own clients, to its own substantial profit. Its actions did immense harm to its clients, and helped create the financial crisis that nearly plunged us into a second Great Depression.
Those are the facts the subcommittee found. Whether the decision by the Department of Justice is the product of weak laws or weak enforcement, Goldman Sachs’ actions were deceptive and immoral.
How convenient that Eileen Rominger, the former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) executive who joined the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last year, will step down next month as head of the agency’s investment management unit.  Rominger, who previously served as global chief investment officer for Goldman Sachs Asset Management, joined the SEC in February 2011 as one of the wealthiest people to ever work at the agency. She reported $57.5 million in income from Goldman Sachs in a disclosure form covering 2010 and 2011.
Perhaps she winds up some place that a subpoena can’t reach.  Not that a Justice Department headed by Eric Holder (whom no one in his department would bring charges of lying to Congress) would press charges anyway.
 


The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it’s everywhere. The world’s most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money. In fact, the history of the recent financial crisis, which doubles as a history of the rapid decline and fall of the suddenly swindled dry American empire, reads like a Who’s Who of Goldman Sachs graduates.

 

 

By now, most of us know the major players.
As George Bush’s last Treasury secretary, former Goldman CEO Henry Paulson was the architect of the bailout, a suspiciously self-serving plan to funnel trillions of Your Dollars to a handful of his old friends on Wall Street.
Robert Rubin, Bill Clinton’s former Treasury secretary, spent 26 years at Goldman before becoming chairman of Citigroup — which in turn got a $300 billion taxpayer bailout from Paulson.
There’s John Thain, the chief of Merrill Lynch who bought an $87,000 area rug for his office as his company was imploding; a former Goldman banker, Thain enjoyed a multi billion dollar handout from Paulson, who used billions in taxpayer funds to help Bank of America rescue Thain’s sorry company.
And Robert Steel, the former Goldmanite head of Wachovia, scored himself and his fellow executives $225 million in golden parachute payments as his bank was selfdestructing.
There’s Joshua Bolten, Bush’s chief of staff during the bailout, and Mark Patterson, the current Treasury chief of staff, who was a Goldman lobbyist just a year ago, and Ed Liddy, the former Goldman director whom Paulson put in charge of bailed out insurance giant AIG, which forked over $13 billion to Goldman after Liddy came on board.
The heads of the Canadian and Italian national banks are Goldman alums, as is the head of the World Bank, the head of the New York Stock Exchange, the last two heads of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York — which, incidentally, is now in charge of overseeing Goldman.
But then, any attempt to construct a narrative around all the former Goldmanites in influential positions quickly becomes an absurd and pointless exercise, like trying to make a list of everything. What you need to know is the big picture: If America is circling the drain, Goldman Sachs has found a way to be that drain — an extremely unfortunate loophole in the system of Western democratic capitalism, which never foresaw that in a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy.
The bank’s unprecedented reach and power have enabled it to turn all of America into a giant pump and dump scam, manipulating whole economic sectors for years at a time, moving the dice game as this or that market collapses, and all the time gorging itself on the unseen costs that are breaking families everywhere — high gas prices, rising consumer credit rates, half eaten pension funds, mass layoffs, future taxes to pay off bailouts.
All that money that you’re losing, it’s going somewhere, and in both a literal and a figurative sense, Goldman Sachs is where it’s going: The bank is a huge, highly sophisticated engine for converting the useful, deployed wealth of society into the least useful, most wasteful and insoluble substance on Earth — pure profit for rich individuals.
They achieve this using the same playbook over and over again. The formula is relatively simple: Goldman positions itself in the middle of a speculative bubble, selling investments they know are crap. Then they hoover up vast sums from the middle and lower floors of society with the aid of a crippled and corrupt state that allows it to rewrite the rules in exchange for the relative pennies the bank throws at political patronage.
Finally, when it all goes bust, leaving millions of ordinary citizens broke and starving, they begin the entire process over again, riding in to rescue us all by lending us back our own money at interest, selling themselves as men above greed, just a bunch of really smart guys keeping the wheels greased. They’ve been pulling this same stunt over and over since the 1920s — and now they’re preparing to do it again, creating what may be the biggest and most audacious bubble yet.
If you want to understand how we got into this financial crisis, you have to first understand where all the money went — and in order to understand that, you need to understand what Goldman has already gotten away with. It is a history exactly five bubbles long — including last year’s strange and seemingly inexplicable spike in the price of oil. There were a lot of losers in each of those bubbles, and in the bailout that followed. But Goldman wasn’t one of them.  Check out The Great American Bubble Machine by Matt Taibbi at http://peakwatch.typepad.com/goldman_taibbi.pdf
Brian


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Why “You Scare Me”


Lou Pritchett is one of corporate America’s true living legends— a former P & G executive, an acclaimed author, a dynamic teacher, and one of the world’s most highly rated speakers. It was he who changed the way America does business by creating an audacious concept that came to be known as “Partnering.”

Here is part of a speech given by Lou Pritchett April 15, 2012

I was born in “year two” of the Great Depression (1931) and spent the first 10 years of my life influenced by the extreme hardships of the Depression. By today’s standards my family was about a mile below today’s so called ‘poverty level’; but if you never ‘had’—doing without was not so ‘bad.’ Borrowing shoes to graduate from the 8th grade didn’t seem at all demeaning because most of the 8th graders did the same thing.

In June 1944, my only brother, Joe, was killed in action on Utah Beach in Normandy, France during the D-Day landings. Exactly one year later, my father died and left me, my mother, and my sister to go it alone. And alone we went. My mother went to work at a department store, my sister dropped out of school and joined her and I went to work shining shoes on the streets of Memphis for a dime a shine. Government assistance was not available and if it were I am confident my mother would have refused it because she never wanted the government involved in our lives.

I mention this bit of personal history to help you understand that Millions of Americans, including your parents and grandparents, grew up like me during the Great Depression and never expected nor wanted the government to offer them anything other than an opportunity…. and now; to see what Obama is trying to do to our country tends to make you crazy.

As some of you know, my “Scare Me” letter went viral with millions of hits on the Internet during the past 3 years. I have now written a “Follow-up” letter” which I will now share with you. It will be released to the press tomorrow morning.”

“In April 2009, I sent President Obama and the New York Times a Letter titled “You Scare Me” because, as a candidate, he promised to “fundamentally transform America.”

Now, after observing his performance for over three years, he no longer scares me— he terrifies me for the following reasons:

FIRST– He has done more to damage America’s standing in the World, to lower the standard of living in America, to impoverish future generations and to shake our faith in the country’s future than any other American president in history.

SECOND– With a compliant Democrat congress, a lapdog media, and a weak, almost nonexistent Republican opposition; he has shattered the America’s dream of job security, home ownership and rugged individualism for millions of Americans and has poisoned and divided our civil society with his politics of envy, class warfare, race warfare, and religious warfare which he is using as fundamental building blocks for his socialist agenda.

THIRD– Culturally, he remains totally out of touch with traditional American values. This has absolutely nothing to do with race or where he was born, rather it has everything to do with where, how and with whom he was raised, schooled, educated, trained and associates with still today.

FOURTH– He has surrounded himself with naive academicians, lawyers, politicians, bureaucrats and socialist leaning czars who arrogantly think and behave exactly as he does. People who offer no balanced suggestions or devil’s advocate positions…. think in lock step with him that big government is the answer to all our problems.

FIFTH– He not only encourages but aids and abets the unionization of all American industry…. the albatross around the neck of the free market. In turn, they provide the money and muscle to intimidate his opponents.

SIXTH– He has increased the national debt by over 30% in just three years. If re-elected and this rate of increase continues, America will be burdened with an unsustainable 20 trillion dollar debt which will result in the Country’s financial death. Recovery will be impossible —- America will be the Greece of 2016.

SEVENTH– Given his fanatical beholding to the environmental and ‘man-caused’ global warming fringe, he has deliberately discouraged U.S. fossil fuel exploration and production while wasting millions of tax payer dollars on solar, wind and algae experiments. He refuses to accept that oil, gas and coal are not America’s enemies, they are America’s assets which, properly managed, could make us energy independent within a generation.

EIGHTH– He views the U.S. as a power in retreat which abused its World dominance. Therefore he systematically apologizes round the world. Last March he whispered to Russian President Medvedev “–this is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.” Just what is the secret that Obama and Putin are concealing from the American people until after the election? With what other leaders has he made similar secret agreements?

NINTH— Finally, after all his miss-steps, bad decision making, poor management, and zero leadership, the fact that he has the audacity to seek re-election should terrify every American.

I predict that if re-elected, future historians and political interpreters will look back at the eight year period 2008-2016, and conclude “the 44th President of the U.S. allowed the takers to overpower the payers which resulted in the greatest economy in history vanishing from the face of the Earth.”

Farewell America, the World will really miss you!

Lou Pritchett April 15, 2012

Hillary & The UN/Muslim Brotherhood


Genocidal Sudanese regime’s appointment to UN human rights council all but certain, watchdog says!

The election of a Sudanese warlord, Omar Al-Bashir accused of genocide to the United Nations Human Rights Council is now virtually guaranteed, since he has the full backing of the world body’s African delegation.
The International Criminal Court has issued a warrant for Omar Al-Bashir — its first ever for a sitting head of state — for crimes against humanity he allegedly committed in Darfur. Yet, his regime is set to take its place on the panel, in the latest bizarre appointment to make a mockery of the UN’s human rights credibility, according to critics.
WHO IS OMAR AL-BASHIR?
Remember when Hillary Clinton pledged a few million US taxpayer dollars to an African Nation to hunt down a “Warlord”?  That was part of a $54 million dollar package approved by the Pentagon.  http://www.wboc.com/story/19175057/more-military-aid-to-africa-as-terrorism-increases
The Warlord that Hillary wants to track down is named Joseph Kony – his financial backer is OMAR AL-BASHIR!
The Obama administration’s decision to send 100 special forces personnel into Uganda last year coincided with the release of another film, which starred Gerard Butler as Sam Childers in ‘Machine Gun Preacher.’ Childers’ story is real. Once a very bad guy, Childers was saved and became a Christian. His mission soon became helping the children of Sudan. He continues to do so after 14 years. Watch youtube clip of movie here:

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After the release of Kony 2012, the real Sam Childers released a video in response. In it, he lauded the idea of going after Joseph Kony but also pointed to the man he says is responsible for funding the murderous warlord – Omar al-Bashir, the president of Sudan.  According to Childers, Kony is just a “small part of the problem” and that Al-Bashir is the much bigger problem. Childers was interviewed back in 2007; this is what he said then:

“Our area is almost all Christian people and the LRA is financed by the Arabs of the north… so the Arabs are the Muslims so it’s basically a holy war inside of our area. This man (Kony) is just out to kill every Christian he can kill in south Sudan and also in Northern Uganda… He’s being financed… it’s been proved for many, many years that the Arabs of the northern Sudan ok, which is Muslims, they have been financing this man for many, many years.”

 

Any guesses as to who supports Omar al-Bashir? That’s right, the Muslim Brotherhood. If Childers is right – remember, he’s been on the ground there for well over a decade – it would seem that Kony is a small fish in a big Muslim Brotherhood pond.
That brings us back to Hillary Clinton, who also said the following while in Uganda:
“We have to figure out how to work with all the countries where he and his criminal bands are perhaps hiding. We have to put our heads together to find out what additional equipment and support you need to lead this effort to rid the world of this terrible man and his criminal behavior,” Clinton said.
Perhaps some of Kony’s criminal bands aren’t hiding at all. Perhaps Mrs. Clinton should take an even tougher stance with Omar al-Bashir. Then again, that would require a tougher stance with the Muslim Brotherhood, an entity Hillary seems to be increasingly comfortable with.
HILLARY AND THE U.N. with The Muslim Brotherhood – What a team!

 

 

The Awakening


Life in the “Good old USA” as we once knew it is done, finito, gone – but not forgotten!  It is still so fresh in our minds that we long for yesterday!

This is exactly what Osama Bin Laden wanted when his Al-Queda terrorists crashed airplanes into the financial center of America and the Pentagon.  Total disruption and death to the infidels.  Like horses on the plain when wolves attack, Congress reluctantly assembled into a circle and with their heads together started kicking.  Unfortunately, along with their constituents, they morphed into mules (asses).  The asses then backed into a circle and began kicking themselves while braying wildly to the awakened masses how they intended to fend off impending crisis. The new goal for all freedom and prosperity loving Americans should be to Get The ASSES Out of DC!  I think the symbolism speaks for itself.

Why does everything have to be a reboot these days?

“In a world where the greedy exploit the lazy… one handful of idealists… will make a stand… with symbolic gestures of their dissent. From the director of Southern Secession, and the producer of The Flower Power Movement, comes this summer’s biggest action thrill ride. Coming soon to a political theater near you-

“1776: Reborn”

Starring pension worried retirees in Dr. Seuss hats and partially informed trustafarians, with the day off… and an IRON FISTFUL of grammatically incorrect handwritten posters.

This summer, slap on those bumper stickers,

Blog from the rooftops,

and remember…

YOU’VE  GOTTA  FIGHT

(dun dun)

FOR YOUR RIGHT

(da nana)

TO  TEA  PAAAAAAAAARTAAAAY!!!!!

The murmurs begin 7/4/2012

The reason the Founding Fathers were successful in their plight was because they assessed their enemy, found its flaw, and exploited it. They used guerilla warfare to defeat an enemy who lined up to fight. Anyone who wishes to truly make a change must not look to repeat the past, but look instead to create a better future with an honest and thorough assesment of our present situation.

Remember, consumer support is the biggest source of power the people have in today’s world. If the corporations control the government, it is the corporations who must be weakened enough to become dislodged from our government. Forget doom and gloom. The real revolt should be against the credit system, lobbyists, special interest groups, OUTSOURCING, and the lack of American production.

Today, we not only face evil, but outright fraud and corruption at the hands of our own elected leaders.  (Global warming scams, Go Green, the EPA)  We face unchecked greed. We face one big bad idea that gets perpetually worse, and worse, and is allowed to just keep snowballing for the short term benefit of those who are empowered by the dollars we give them.

It is time for us to recognize the causes of our problems, rather than try to fight their effects. It is time to put truth in vogue, and do away with anything that hampers it; political correctitude and social niceties be damned.

I implore you to remember that no matter how far down any path one may travel, at any point, they may turn themselves right around, and come back home. It’s not too late. Its just going to take some hard work. I’m still proud to be an American citizen, but I’m disappointed in the direction our last congress has taken us against the majorities wishes!  Just knowing the people will come together and overwhelm bad politicians again in 2012 makes me proud to be part of the effort!

Brian Gray

Got Blood?


To be or not to be – Cherokee.  That is the question?

 

All the back and forth main stream news about democrat senate wannbe Elizabeth Warren’s ancestors and whether she is a bona fide Cherokee Indian or not is ridiculous.  How does one suppose that organizations such as the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), the Boston Herald, the Globe, Bill O’Reilly and Fox News, along with Harvard University begin to make claims concerning the heritage of a persons Cherokee ancestry without asking  The Cherokee’s?

 

We all know that when it comes to “vetting” politicians, the democrat party and their followers are a little challenged.  The Main Stream News Media prints what they deem the people need to know, and liberals determine before they read something or the facts, whether it is true or not.  Either you agree with the democrats or you’re a conspiratorist whack job.  But now the media and the so called intellectual community are going round and round on a subject in front of God and the universe, and neither one of them has bothered to ask the Cherokee Nation!
Not that the Cherokee give a damn as they have sat silently and watched “palefaces” make fools of themselves for a couple of weeks now. (centuries, actually)  Try to not imagine real Cherokee’s with established blood lines, not grinning or laughing sheepishly at all these so called authorities on their heritage, as they make damn fools of themselves.

 

What is required to join the Cherokee Nation or legally be considered a Cherokee Indian:  In order to register with the Cherokee Nation you must be directly descended from a person who was listed on the Final Rolls of Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes, Cherokee Nation. This roll is commonly known as the Dawes Roll.IF YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED or presently living as a Cherokee on Cherokee Reservations, nor do you have a blood quantum of 1/16th (Great Great Grandparents) YOU ARE NOT CHEROKEE!

 

What is the Dawes Roll, and who was registered on it?  Congressman Henry Dawes was a big advocate of property ownership and he asserted that it was a necessary component of civilized life. The rest of Congress agreed, and in 1887 they enacted into law the Dawes Act. The Act stated that the United States government would provide for the allotment of lands in Indian Reservations. The Cherokee Nation was divided into thousands of small pieces of land, which would be distributed among the Cherokee people. On the surface the act was an attempt to assimilate the Native people into white society, in itself a less than admirable cause, but in reality the Dawes Act did far more than Anglicize the Native Americans. The Act allowed for widespread fraud by government officials and legally stripped Native Americans of much of their land by allowing land not allotted to be opened to settlers. The Dawes Roll was the official roll of the Dawes Act and was open from 1896-1907. In order to receive a parcel of land Cherokees had to sign the rolls. In order to sign the rolls a Cherokee had to have a permanent residence in the Cherokee Nation and have appeared on previous rolls. Those who signed the Dawes Roll provided their names and blood quantum and in return were granted a piece of land in the location they desired.  In addition to the “Cherokee by Blood” portion of the Dawes Rolls, there were separate rolls for Cherokee Freedman and Intermarried whites living in the Cherokee Nation.

 

To prove membership in any of the Five Civilized Tribes you must prove descent from a person listed as a citizen on the final Dawes Rolls.  Cherokee Nation will not prove it for you.  Courts have upheld this rule even when it has been proven that a brother or sister of an ancestor was listed on the rolls but not the direct ancestor himself/herself.  Registration in the national registry known as the Dawes Rolls has come to be critical in issues of Indian citizenship and land claims. Many people did not sign up on these rolls because they feared government persecution if their ethnicity was formally entered into the system.

 

A Harvard Law School spokeswoman, Sarah Marston, said that the school would not comment on Warren or why it chose to promote her heritage.  The Boston Herald reported that Harvard University Law School had promoted Warren as a minority hire when the school was under fire for a lack of diversity in its faculty.  Warren said that she did not know the school had done so and that she did not recall using her Indian ancestry to advance her career.  But the Globe and other news outlets reported that Warren had listed herself as a minority professor between 1986 and 1995 in the Association of American Law Schools desk book, a major reference for legal professors.

 

Chris Child, a genealogist at the New England Historic and Genealogy Society, said he began digging into Warren’s family history when media interest emerged.  But he said Warren’s family is Not Included in the official Dawes Commission rolls, a census of major tribes completed in the early 20th century that Cherokees use to determine tribal citizenship.

 

Is this too much information for some people to digest?  If so, and if there are any doubts, just ask the Cherokee Nation to grant Elizabeth Warren, anyone from Harvard or the news media a single square inch of Cherokee land or a dime of gaming profits without said proof of heritage.  While claims of “Indian Blood” may be cause for special privilege with the US Government or some other entity, you still got to prove it to the real tribal members.

 

Brian Gray

The Sell Out of Our Nation Begins


The sell out happened years ago.  As a matter of fact, its an entire different argument as to when it actually happened.  Only theory can point at it’s beginning but never with a fact that can’t be argued by anyone wishing to do so.  The end result is that the entire nation started fighting each other and no one really knows what they are fighting for.  They think they do, but they don’t. They have enough of a mental picture to carry them from disagreement to disagreement until they bore themselves and the argument temporarily goes away. Liberals never have facts and conservatives refuse to show them, instead telling them to look facts up for themselves which they will never do.  So talking points and liberal headlines is the basis of their poor arguments.  Everyone loves a pushover, so conservatives always wind up in these one sided battles.  Meanwhile we lose the war because we don’t recognize how our own constitution works.
Example:  Has anyone noticed that the Republican House of Representatives sent a bona fide Bill to Congress for approval and the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid determined it wasn’t worth reading and ‘TABLED” it?
Seriously???  He tabled it.
That means that one man stopped the entire judicial process the same as if the President had Vetoed a passed bill.  So now the way business used to be done with the House sending a bill to Congress and Congress votes on it and says yes or no, is now being stopped by one man.  One senator speaking for the entire nation, determines what a body of law such as the US Senate can deliberate and debate on.
AND THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES ARE OK WITH THIS?????
How about a agency called Moodys that the President or Democrat Party uses to threaten the credit rating of the nation.  How scary is that?  The very people that passed out Triple A (AAA) ratings like candy to Wall Street Bankers on their garbage CDO’s and was one of the biggest contributors  of the financial meltdown in 08.  Now these techno thugs are calling the shots by threatening the financial well being of our nation and triggering another meltdown worldwide.  As soon as the Liberals get what they want, this patriotic agency will blow the whistle and call it all back.  They’ll claim a mistake was made and that everything is actually cool again.  After the all clear has put everything back to normal, no one will remember anything.  And America will accept this farce as just something that happened.  Nothing to see here, keep moving.
Then we have a very tired Republican House and members of the Party that have presented 6 bills to Congress (if you count McConnells plan  or that of the Gang of 6) all in search of a deal.
A Deal???
Our nation is becoming insolvent and our politicians are looking for a deal.  A deal is a mixture of compromise and politics and generally does only 10% of what it is supposed to do.  The Democrats haven’t brought anything to the table except Obama and Reid that are still trying to get the Bush Tax Cuts abolished.  To them it doesn’t matter that just a few months ago they struck a Deal to keep them in place.  Obama hated taking that butt kicking in front of the whole nation, but he’s damned determined to get his way and re-elected if it bankrupts the whole nation to do it!  Meanwhile the nation is divided and at each others throats and over what?  They don’t fully know except for one thing “Don’t give in to the other side”.  Democrats never offer any ideas, they simply say what they want and until they get exactly that, everything else is a NO.  No plans, no ideas, no compromise, no nothing.  So why do Republicans feel they have to continue to do all the work and take all the blame?  What really sucks is they know that all they really need to do is stand there with their arms crossed after having passed a bill in the House and sent it to Congress.  They should be just about done being the fall guy for Harry Reid.
The question is:  WHY DO THEY DO IT?  Is is just to be fighting? They don’t need to!  the whole country and world looks to them to do this but they don’t have to!  They’re inviting blame on themselves by even playing Harry Reids game!
While all this is happening, there will be enablers out there amongst both parties fighting to keep this socialistic beast alive or from making it back.  What are we going to call it this time ladies and gentlemen?  The COLD CIVIL WAR.  It doesn’t even matter as most people truly won’t even know the real reason they’re fighting!  See ya at the other great farce:
ELECTION DAY – Who can steal the day and have the best story and loudest chearleaders after having done so?
Brian Gray
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